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11/6/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The saga over a fired teacher in the Liberty-Benton school district continues. The Courier reports a brief filed for Mark Badertscher in the 3rd District Court of Appeals requests his reinstatement. An attorney for Badertscher says that firing a teacher requires, “conduct hostile to the school community.”

Badertscher was fired in 2012 after he left his classroom to allow students to take a final test. During that time, one student choked out another student. The school board cited this and 10 other incidents in the firing. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled in July that the school board did not show “good and just cause” to fire Badertscher.

The Liberty-Benton School Board has appealed the decision. No date for a hearing has been set.

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11/6/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum made a bid earlier this year to buy Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Reuters news reports three U.S. oil companies are still bidding on the Citgo, but did not name the three companies publicly. Marathon officials haven’t commented on the subject.

Cito Petroleum is the U.S. refining arm of the Venezuelan state-owned company. The country put the company on the auction block last summer, but bids came in below the asking price of $10 billion.

In September, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said Citgo’s refineries were in interesting locations to capitalize on the U.S. oil boom. The company later said they don’t comment on interest in specific assets.

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11/5/14 – 6:37 A.M.

The Kroger store on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay was robbed this morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened just after 3:15 a.m. A man entered the store and physically forced a cashier to open a cash register and give him money. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt in the store.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5’6″ and having a medium build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, and had a black bandana over his face. He did not display a weapon during the robbery.


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11/5/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A contested race for Seneca County Commissioner was won by Republican Michael Kerschner Tuesday. Kerschner defeated former County Commissioner David Sauber Sr. He’ll take the seat currently held by Jeff Wagner, who did not seek reelection.

Elsewhere in Seneca County there were several renewal levies on the ballot. They all passed. The renewals included an ambulance levy in New Riegel and Big Springs Township, an operations levy for the Mohawk School District, and a fire protection levy for Liberty Township.

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11/5/14 – 5:20 A.M.

One of the closest margins of victory on election night was in Putnam County, where a levy request for the Putnam County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Board passed by around 300 votes. The renewal of a the 0.3 mill levy called for an additional .04 mills to be added.

Director Mike Ruhe said he was grateful voter support will help the board tackle increased needs. The owner of a property appraised at $100,000 will pay $21 per year for the 0.7-mill levy.

Elsewhere in Putnam County renewal levies all passed. In the only countywide race, Putnam County Commissioner John Love took 75 percent of the ballots cast.

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11/5/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Voter turnout was just about where it was predicted to be Tuesday. Hancock County Board of Elections Co-Director Jody O’Brien thought about 40 percent of voters would show up, and the number ended up being 39.6 percent…

Audio: Jody O’Brien

Four years ago a little less than 45 percent of Hancock County voters turned out at the polls. Eight years ago more than 57 percent voted.

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11/5/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Incumbents fared well in elections that spanned multiple counties in northwest Ohio. Congressman Bob Latta easily earned another term in Congress taking, 68 percent of the votes in the 5th Congressional District. The landslide paves the way for Latta’s fourth term in office.

State Representative Robert Sprague won reelection in the 83rd Ohio House District. Sprague took 74 percent of the ballots cast in the district, beating challengers Kevin Rettig and Libertarian Gregg Morris.

The district encompasses Hancock and Hardin Counties as well as part of Logan County.

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11/4/14 – 11:09 A.M.

The November election is here, and polls are open in Ohio until 7:30 p.m. We’ll be keeping an eye on the Liberty-Benton and Van Buren school levies, as well as the contested races that include our area like the Ohio 83rd district race. Our election coverage starts tonight at 7 p.m.

In the meantime if you haven’t voted, there’s still time. If you’re unsure of your polling location you can find that information by calling the board of elections office, or by looking it up on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

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11/4/14 – 10:57 A.M.

Parking will be less of an issue when the Hancock County Performing Arts Center opens next year. The county commissioners signed an agreement today that allows for shared use of a parking lot near the facility. The cross-license agreement gives the center permission to use a parking lot behind the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

The lot will be used for vehicles related to performances or performers who are using the center. The agreement says there will be minimal impact on property owned by the county.

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11/4/14 – 5:19 A.M.

A Findlay school has been recognized for going above and beyond in maintaining high academic standards. The Courier reports Northview Primary School has been designated a “School of Promise” by the Ohio Department of Education. The award is given to schools that maintain high academic achievement by their students. It also takes into account service to students from economically disadvantaged circumstances.

Northview was the only school in Hancock County to win the award this year.

In order to qualify for the honor, at least 40 percent of the school’s enrollment must include economically disadvantaged students.

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